An engineer was allegedly pinned by the robot malfunction, which then used its claws to sever his arm and back, leaving a trail of blood on the factory floor.
At Tesla’s Giga Texas factory in Austin, Texas, a software engineer was allegedly attacked by a broken robot meant to move aluminum car parts, resulting in serious injuries. The engineer was allegedly pinned by the robot, which then used its claws to sever his arm and back, leaving a trail of blood on the factory floor. The two-year-old incident was made public in an injury report from 2021.
Elon Musk blasted recent media reports alleging a robot malfunction “attack” at the Austin, Texas, Tesla factory that took place back in 2021.
In a tweet posted on X on Wednesday, Musk poured his heart out and stated, “Truly shameful of the media to dredge up an injury from two years ago due to a simple industrial Kuka robot arm (found in all factories) and imply that it is due to Optimus now.”
The tweet was aimed at responding to an X user who had posted a Daily Mail report the day before about the 2021 factory incident.
The incident was also reported by The Information in a story that came out last month. Two witnesses told the outlet that an engineer was grabbed and pinned himself against the surface by one of the factory’s robots while he was updating software on them.
Giga Texas has a high injury rate, according to injury reports filed with the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Nearly one in 21 workers reported being injured last year, which is much higher than the median injury rate of one in thirty workers in the automotive industry.
Workers at Tesla, current as well as former, have claimed that the company frequently skimps on operations, maintenance, and construction, putting workers in danger. The report stated that an explosion in the castings area in 2022 was caused by water submerged in molten aluminum, which produced a sound akin to a boom.
After all that was said on different platforms about the incident, Tesla did not comment. We only had Elon Musk defend his baby Optimus and claim that it wasn’t him.
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